Superior Air Med 1 fully licenced by the Illinois Department of Public Health under the Special EMS Vehicle statues (SEMSV) for both accident scene response and interfacility transport for critically ill patients.
Our experienced flight medical crew is able to continue therapies that are started at sending facilities. We also have a very extensive Standard Operating Procedures manual to assist with every likely patient need. Here is a partial listing of the types of patients that may benefit from a decreased transport time between hospitals.
CRITICAL CARE PATIENTS
ACCIDENT SCENCE FLIGHTS
When time is critical, it is important to make the right choice. If your fire department or other EMS agency requires a patient to be rapidly transported to trauma center, Air Med 1 provides expert care for your time sensitive patient.
Here is a listing of reasons to call for accident scene response. This is not an exclusive list, however. There are many unforeseen situations where helicopter transport makes the difference for your patient.
Head injured patients with one of the
Glasgow Coma Scale less than 12 or deteriorating
Focal neurologic findings
Penetrating injury or open fracture
Patients with the following chest injuries:
Possible tension pneumothorax
Major chest wall injury
Potential cardiac injury
Penetrating chest wound
Patients with unstable vital signs including:
hypotension, tachypnea, severe
Burn patients with potential airway
Patients with spine injuries with
neurologic involvement and potential
Exceptions (patients who may require
transport but do not meet the above
• Long distance transports of critical patients
(more than 2 hours by ground)
• Situations where resources at the sending
facility are severely limited:
• Mass casualty situations
• Lack of availability of ground transport
• Lack of availability of critical care personnel
to accompany patient Weather conditions
that ground transport dangerous (e.g. icy
roads but clear skies)